Another project is in the works. I saw a cute zipper pouch on Flickr and was inspired to do some more paper piecing.
I drew up a pattern piece with graph paper and selected some fabric scraps.
I now have the pieces basted and sewn together and need to decide on a background fabric. I will machine appliqué the patchwork onto the background and then...do something with it. It will probably be too big for a zip pouch, so may be another knitting project bag.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Making gloves kept me interested for a few weeks so I had a few pairs to give as Christmas gifts. I like making the fingers but sometimes I reject those patterns because I don't much like weaving in all the ends. Some folks really like wearing this type of glove; for me, if it is cold enough for gloves, I want my fingers covered, too. They were all fun to make.
The pattern for this pair is here. I happened to have a copy of the magazine in my cupboard.
This pattern is here. There are some good notes on Ravelry about centering the cable pattern. I read them too late for this pair but next time, I'll make the adjustment. The yarn is Madeline Tosh (yum!) and, though I only used the one skein, the gloves look like they are made from different colors. Hand painted yarns can be odd like that.
This is just my generic glove pattern with a garter rib cuff, made with fingering weight yarn.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
I was inspired to make this paper pieced pillow after viewing these two pillows on Flickr. I started out intending to use the light fabric as the background for all of the blocks but ran out of that particular shade fairly quickly and switched to the alternating light and dark backgrounds. I printed the paper patterns from this website, scaling the pieces to end up with 6.5" blocks. Nine blocks sewn together finish up as an 18 inch pillow. It has a black and white striped binding and the back has a hidden zipper under a placket. The quilting is by machine, with golden thread, enhancing the circular shapes formed when the blocks were joined.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
|All pictures by Jon Prescott|
I try hard to just be happy with where I am and not pine away for other times and places. Ray is completely absorbed and busy with high school friends and activities these days and my focus is supporting him, which mostly involves feeding him and driving him around. But, the days have been short and dreary, and the clouds low and oppressive and I do think the beach looks inviting.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
|My sister, Anita, made the pretty basket|
I have been planning to make placemats for our table for some time and had even bought some different fabric for the project. I ended up using most of that pile for other things and finally fashioned some placemats out of a charm pack of Mama Said Sew, mixing in a few other fabrics from my stash. The designs are pretty traditional - 16 patch, 9 patch and wonky stars.
I did some zig zag machine quilting to hold the layers together and then sewed on the binding before adding some utility hand stitching. I used #8 red perle cotton for the hand work, which doesn't show up all that well on most of the mats. Hmm, not quite how I envisioned it, but I couldn't see any better plan so I powered through and finished. They look just fine on the table and will eventually get splattered with wine and spaghetti sauce anyway, so I wasn't going to get too picky.